House of Augustus and Baths of Diocletian

Lighting design:
Carolina de Camillis and Ricardo Fibbi
Products applied: Linea Light

Foro Imperial, Columna Traiana, Basilica Ulpia

Lighting design: Francesca and Vittorio Storaro
Products applied: Erco

26. Feb 2016

Telling stories

Text: Paula Negrut, Joachim Ritter
House of Augustus: Linea Light Group,
Foro Imperial: Frieder Blickle

For more than a century, we have been making increasingly more use of the potential of designed architectural lighting. The invention of electric light made this possible. Architectural lighting was designed to be purely functional or with the goal of rendering spaces and structures more legible after dark. With the advent of digital light we now also have the possibility to perform the task professionally and coherently, and even achieve a new form of narrative quality.

To an outsider, the task may seem clear, but the skills required to design lighting purposefully for effect are becoming more and more complex. Today, light is not only expected to illuminate; it must also conceal, decorate, tease, warn, inform, impress, create tension. A comparision of two projects in Rome, both realised on the ruins of antiquity, demonstrate how light has been applied to tell a complicated story and to revive memories. During a moderated discussion that took place at PLDC 2015 it was concluded that the lighting designer undertakes a huge responsibility when designing the lighting for art and architectural heritage. […]


The full version of the article can be found in PLD No. 100
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